Journalist Radley Balko has a new book about about police brutality called Rise of the Warrior Cop and to promote the work he has released a chapter of the book for free online.
The book explores the rise in police brutality and the system and policies that helped facilitate this growth. The police accountability-focused website Copblock.com has the excerpt:
Back in the early 1970s, nationwide outrage over a series of wrong-door drug raids had inspired furious politicians to hastily call congressional hearings; as a consequence, the law that had authorized those raids was repealed. Now, in 2000, an eleven-year-old boy had just been obliterated at close range with a shotgun as his parents and siblings lay on the ground beside him. And even that wasn’t enough to stop his own town from discontinuing the aggressive tactics that caused his death. The mistakes, the terrorizing of innocents, and the unnecessary fatalities would continue.
EDITOR’S NOTE: THIS POST WAS UPDATED AFTER BEING PUBLISHED.